In the United Kingdom, a dying fan and his family have been granted an early Star Wars screening before general release, granted by Disney’s CEO Bob Iger. The wish was granted following a plea on Twitter asking for an advanced screening of the movie, due to be released on the 20th December.
Rowans Hospice in Waterlooville, Hampshire, sent out a plea on Twitter, saying “this is our most desperate hour. Sadly, time is not on his side for 20th Dec.”. The tweet which was posted on Wednesday attracted a lot of attention, with many retweeting and replying. Mark Hamil himself also showed support by wishing the hospice “good luck” with the plea. Afterwhich, Bob Iger replied with “we will certainly try”.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) November 28, 2019
On Thursday, Bob Iger tweeted “on this Thanksgiving, we at @Disney are grateful to be able to share #TheRiseOfSkywalker with a patient and his family @RowansHospice. May the force be with you and with us all!”. The Hospice was in absolute shock for Disney allowing the dying fan an early Star Wars screening, including Lisa Davies, a healthcare support worker who was “utterly speechless” at the news. She said that “we totally appreciate that Disney has had to move mountains to make this happen,” she said. She also mentioned the overwhelming response received following the original tweet including the Star Wars community. She expressed her gratitude and thanked everyone for not only covering the story but for respecting the patient and his family’s privacy.
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